Playscape team gets ‘cautious welcome’ from Wymondham group

Parents, children and supporters at King's Head Meadow last year, after a fence was put up. PHOTO B

Parents, children and supporters at King's Head Meadow last year, after a fence was put up. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY - Credit: SIMON FINLAY

A community group established to fight to keep Wymondham's King's Head Meadow playscape has 'cautiously welcomed' a new working group set up to deal with the issue.

Kings Head Meadow, Wymondham.PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

Kings Head Meadow, Wymondham.PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY - Credit: SIMON FINLAY

The working group is made up of seven men who will try to find a way forward for the playscape, after protestors stopped an attempted town council-backed removal of the equipment in August.

Sharon Hastings, KHM Playscape Group secretary, said: 'We hope that factual evidence around alleged noise levels and anti-social behaviour which apparently support the need for the play equipment to be moved will now be made available to all the working group members for their full consideration.

'Although requested several times previously no hard data has ever been forthcoming from the town council.'

The working group was formed following a county council intervention after the protest, which saw scores of parents, children and other residents stage a 'sit-in' at the play area to stop contractors from moving onto the site.

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The town council had voted to remove some of the equipment, which was installed in 2014 at a cost of £75,000, because of complaints from neighbours over noise and anti-social behaviour.

The working group includes town councillors Doug Underwood, Lee Hornby, Tony Holden and Julian Halls, community representatives Pete Green, David Roberts and Nick Ringer, and 'resident representatives' Ian Flatt, Crispin Hill and Anthony Miller.

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Ms Hastings said some playscape group members were disappointed the working group was exclusively made up of men - although many mothers and other women had been involved in the protest and had a strong interest in the matter.

The group's first meeting was due to be held on Monday this week. The meetings are not open to the public and its members have been asked not to talk about their progress until a Wymondham Town Council meeting in January.

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